Job Description:

The University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) seeks an experienced Chief Broadcast Engineer to work at Alaska's award-winning public radio and television stations KUAC TV/FM. UAF seeks candidates excited about living in Alaska and working at a premier Land, Sea and Space Grant Institution. KUAC-FM is a full-service NPR station with eight associated translators and statewide distribution via satellite. KUAC-DT operates in the Fairbanks area and three translator communities. KUAC technical facilities also include the operations center for Alaska Rural Communication System (ARCS) uplinks including four statewide television services as well as public radio satellite uplinks. KUAC operates an occasional-use uplink as well. This position reports to the General Manager and is responsible for ensuring that all equipment and facilities are in working order to provide the highest quality broadcast signal possible, 24/7/365.


Serves as the designated Chief Operator as required and defined by FCC regulations for both FM and TV, assuring compliance with Emergency Alert System rules, transmitter logging and OSHA rules and standards relevant to broadcast operations. Serves as the primary on-call engineer to resolve signal failure problems, with back-up provided by contract engineering support.

Observes broadcast signals and systems for faults both internal and external to the broadcast facility, identifying causes and possible solutions. During broadcast failures of KUAC TV, KUAC FM, or the State of Alaska uplinks (Alaska Rural Communities System-ARCS, Statewide Emergency Alert System-EAS), this position has ultimate supervisory authority in these areas until the problem is resolved. Communicates and troubleshoots with various stakeholders including but not limited to KUAC staff, UAF Office of information Technology, Alaska Public Broadcasting, Inc. engineers, PBS and NPR engineering departments, manufacturers' technical representatives and other UAF departments to resolve problems. Assists with the State of Alaska uplink and interfaces with state agencies as delegated by the General Manager.

Provides engineering technical support for radio and television programming and production teams; provides training on new equipment, technology and procedures.

Responsible for daily, monthly and annual maintenance and repair of all broadcast equipment and installation of new equipment. Interface new equipment to old infrastructure as needed. Project Director for technical infrastructure upgrades for both FM, FM-HD and DT at both origination as well as remote sites.

Assures that technical facilities are operational and maintained to standard engineering practice and in compliance with all applicable FCC rules and regulations. Such compliance efforts include the maintenance of an established record system. Provide emergency service as required to restore broadcast signals. Maintains origination and transmission equipment including but not limited to analog and digital transmitters and translators, control room and studio equipment and computers. Consults and trains production/programming staff on the correct operation of equipment and systems. Provides onsite technical support and support via telephone and IT to station staff regarding computer, broadcast, and production equipment. Provide maintenance and installation of broadcast translators and their infrastructure. Assists with the State of Alaska uplink and interfaces with state agencies as delegated by the General Manager.  Maintain an engineering knowledge base consisting of records and diagrams pertaining to troubleshooting and modification of station systems. Monitor changing technical needs of stations. Serve as primary on-call engineer to resolve signal failure. Performs other work as directed.

Educational/Training Requirements: 
A Bachelor's degree in electronics-related field or equivalent combination of training and experience. Must have a valid and current driver's license. 

Experience Requirements: At least five years of experience as a broadcast engineer working with both TV and radio. Familiarity with standard broadcast, media and satellite technologies, performance standards and test equipment. Demonstrable experience and general working knowledge of installation and maintenance of equipment. Working knowledge of and experience working with IT systems and related equipment, hardware and software. Ability to work in a multitasking environment with varied technical responsibilities. Must have a minimum of 3-5 years supervisory and budgetary experience. May substitute military or other similar electronics experience. 

Other Requirements:  Ability to lift 50 lbs. and must be willing and able to travel to remote locations and transmitter sites. Travel may include small planes and helicopters.  Preferred Knowledge/Skills:  Experience with computer applications and computer automation systems. Certification by the Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE) preferred. Knowledge of AC/DC electrical wiring and related safety practices. Experience with field modification of equipment. 

Salary is Grade 81 of the University of Alaska salary schedule.  Salary will be dependent upon experience and qualifications.   This position is open until filled with the initial application review taking place on April 17, 2020. To ensure your application is considered, apply by 11:55 pm, 4/16/2019.  Applications received after this date may not be considered.

Affirmative Action Statement: UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:

Background Check: The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Probationary Period: Pursuant to University Regulation 04.07.020, new employees of the University are employed in an at-will probationary status for the first six months of employment. During the probationary period, employment may be terminated for no reason or any reason. Promoted employees also serve a probationary period with limited rights of retreat.

Public Disclosure Statement: Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act. University of Alaska is a Drug Free Workplace.

Training Policy: It is the policy of the University of Alaska (UA) that all employees are required to complete training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period to remain employed at the UA.

Contact Information: If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact University of Alaska HR at 907-450-8200.

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Job Location: 
Fairbanks, AK
United States
Job Category: 
Job Type: 
Full time
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